Political parties face Friday deadline to issue redistricting maps

Republicans and DFLers have this week to finish their suggestions for how to draw new Minnesota's new Congressional and legislative maps. They'll turn them in to a court-appointed panel that's expected to finish the redistricting process in a couple of months.
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Republicans and DFLers have this week to finish their suggestions for how to draw new Minnesota's new Congressional and legislative maps. They'll turn them in to a court-appointed panel that's expected to finish the redistricting process in a couple of months.

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